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Ryan’s been an entrepreneur since he was 17, a drive that has led him from one venture to another. Some failed, some succeeded, but he definitely learned a lot in the process. He freelanced for different design studios, trying to absorb as much knowledge as possible from his mentors.
He founded The Workbench in 2014, aiming to create solutions that enable their clients to become better versions of themselves. Working closely with their clients, they craft purposeful ideas and thoughtful solutions. Their work has been internationally recognized at Tokyo Type Directors Club, one of the most prestigious organizations in typography & graphic design.
Find out more about his favorite books and how reading shaped his perspective of owning a business.
Business: Start With Why by Simon Sinek. It taught me to ponder about the existence of my business and what I can offer to my industry.
Non-business: Stories Of Your Life & Others by Ted Chiang. One of the best sci-fi books I’ve read in my life!
As a business owner I would constantly think about the reason for my studio’s existence, considering that the creative industry is quite overpopulated and having many other amazing creative studios around the world.
Reading actually helped shape a lot of my perspective about running a business, and also my perspective on life in general as a human being on this planet.
There are just way too many books that impacted the way I live and see things. One of them is The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda.
Contrary to all the interviewees, I’m actually not a reader. I fall asleep easily when I read. Hah! But I try to make it a habit to read on my commutes. And definitely a physical hard copy book!
I don’t actually, but I try to make an effort to read on my daily commute. No matter how short a time it is.
As I have a very short term memory, I’d usually write down interesting sections in my iPhone Notes app. This helps me keep tab of what I’ve read and interesting stories that I discovered along the way.
I’d usually turn to my friends and mentors for their recommendations.
Yes I would. I actually have a friend and he runs a monthly book sharing meeting. He shares really interesting title recommendations which I stalk frequently.
To be honest, I am not reading any book currently as I am quite swarmed with projects at work.
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